Feb 25, 2010

Support Your Local Serial Killer

When we passed through Tacoma it reminded me that Neko Case, who grew up there, wrote a brilliant song called Deep Red Bells which is about the Green River Killer who was responsible for at least 48 murders. I've already mentioned Springsteen's Nebraska (about Charles Starkweather) so it's got me to thinking about other songs about a serial killer (or similar) who is associated with a particular city.

Sufjan Stevens wrote a song called John Wayne Gacy, Jr on his Illinois album which is about a man who between 1972 and 1978 raped and murdered at least 33 young men and boys.

Zappa has a song called The Illinois Enema Bandit which is about Michael H Kenyon who in 1975 pleaded guilty to a decade-long series of armed robberies of female victims, some of which involved sexual assaults where he would give them enemas.

And finally Elliot Smith wrote the brilliant Son of Sam which is about David Berkowitz who killed six people and wounded seven others in the course of eight shootings in New York between 1976 and 1977.

Given that serial killers usually have a patch, it follows that a song about one would be a sort of a place song.

Any other suggestions are welcome.


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